SUNY New Paltz again named to list of best regional colleges in the Northeast by The Princeton Review

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SUNY New Paltz has been named to the 2016 list of “Best Colleges: Region by Region” by The Princeton Review.

New Paltz is one of only a dozen SUNY campuses included in the ranking this year.

In total, 649 schools considered to be “academically outstanding” received the designation in four regions—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West. According to the publication, those honored constitute only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges.

The ranking is based on data collected from administrator and student surveys and the opinions of Princeton Review staff and of counselor advisors in the categories of academic excellence, student experience and campus life.

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 2.37.26 PMNew Paltz is touted as being “highly selective” and students noted that the College is “very invested [in] residence life” and “really cares about [its] students’ experience and well-being.”

“We chose SUNY New Paltz and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. “We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project. We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit.”

He added, “Only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional ‘best’ college selections.”

The Princeton Review is a New York-based company known for its test preparation courses, books, college admission and other education services. To view the ranking list, visit

New Paltz is nationally ranked among the nation’s top public colleges by a variety of highly regarded publications. In 2015, Business Journals ranked New Paltz among the top 75 public colleges in the country; Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Higher Education ranked the College 49th nationally, and listed New Paltz among its lists of “30 Best College Values in the Mid-Atlantic,” and “Best College Values Under $30,000.” In addition, the College ranks as one of the top 104 smartest public colleges in the nation by Business Insider and No. 4 among public regional universities in the North offering both bachelor and master degree programs according to U.S. News & World Report‘s 2015 college rankings.

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